Many in Thai society have been waiting for an election which, like Godot, never seems to arrive. The military junta has scheduled the election many times, only to delay it again and again. Yesterday, it was made official: Elections have been called for 24 March. Will Godot finally arrive?
About 40 protesters, many of them first-time voters, chanted pro-elections slogans, waved placards, and performed political songs in a protest to demand no further delay of the national elections in Khon Kaen on Wednesday.
A recent meeting in Bangkok brings into conversation activists working in the Northeast and activists working in Bangkok. While all agree on the importance of political education, their perspectives differ on how to build an effective political bloc in this repressive time.
In November villagers in Loei Province protested the renewal of a forest use license for the Phuthapfa gold mining site, operated by Tungkum Ltd (TKL). If the TAO grants the license, Tungkum Ltd will once again have all the licenses needed to restart operations in the gold mine.